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The Shanty, 10th Sept 1857
I received your
note of yesterday this A.M. I am glad you write me so frankly. I know well how dear one’s own time & solitude may be, and I would not on any con- sideration, violate the sanctity of your prerogative. I fear too that I may have
heretofore trespassed upon your time too much. If I have please pardon me as I did so unwittingly. I felt the need of congenial Society & sought yours I forget that I could not render you an equivalent. It’s good for one to be checked - to be thrown more and more upon his own resources. I have lived years of solitude (seeing only my own family, & Uncle James occasionally,) and was never happier.
My heart however was then more buoyant and the woods and fields - the birds & flowers, but more than these, my rural meditations afforded me a constant source of the truest enjoyment. I admire your strength & fortitude to battle the world. I am a weak and broken seed. Have charity for me, if not sympathy. Can any one heart know another’s?
If not let us suspend our too hasty judgement against those from whom we differ. I hope to see you in due time at Brooklawn where you are always a welcome & instructive guest. With my kind regards to your family I remain Yours faithfully D. Ricketson